Lorch opens up on his time at Sundowns so far amid rumoured exit

Thembinkosi Lorch has opened up on his time at time at Mamelodi Sundowns so far amid the rumoured exit from the club following Rulani Mokwena’s departure.

In a surprising January transfer window move, the30-year-old Thembinkosi Lorch joined Sundowns from Orlando Pirates on the last day of the window.

Reports suggest his arrival was championed by former coach Rulani Mokwena, with sporting director Flemming Berg reportedly against the signing. 

Now, with Mokwena's departure, Lorch's future at the club amidst these major changes remains uncertain.

Lorch was speaking on Friday during the club’s trophy tour stop in Thohoyandou, Limpopo.

‘Nyoso’, as he’s well known, opened his comments by explaining his initial goals for joining Sundowns: lifting the DStv Premiership and the CAF Champions League. 

He expressed his satisfaction with his experience so far, highlighting the warm welcome he received from his teammates.


“The boys welcomed me really well in the team, they made me feel at home. So far, I’m happy,” Lorch said on the Sundowns' Pitchside Podcast.

“I'm happy, like I said in the previous interview. I came to Sundowns knowing what I wanted.

“The thing that I wanted was to win the league [DStv

Premiership], and what I want now is the [CAF] Champions League. So ja, I want to win the Champions League.

“When I was at Pirates, I used to follow the guys (Sundowns players), looking at how they do things, the brotherhood that they have, the way they love each other. 

“So, I was seeing myself being a part of the team. So it was easy for me when I joined the team to gell with the gents.”

Lorch revealed a long-standing desire to join Sundowns, citing the fierce competition within the squad and their consistent participation in the CAF Champions League.


“What makes me proud about myself is that I’m relevant. I’m happy to be at Mamelodi Sundowns, it’s a team that I started loving from far, competition that’s there in the team, Champions League every season. 

“So, that’s what I’m proud about, joining a team like Sundowns,” he added.

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